I’ve been making this recipe multiple times a week in one form or another for several months. This is my favorite iteration after several refinements. This recipe it can be modified in many ways. I served it to a group and no one missed the dairy or sugar at all. The added fruit brings natural sweetness.
1. In a baking dish, mix the oats, vanilla, and cinnamon.
2. Add chopped walnuts, chia seeds, ground flax seed, and black seeds and mix to evenly distribute.
3. Next pour the water over the mixture and stir.
4. Stir in the blueberries, chopped apples and dried fruit.
5. Bake at 350º for about 45 minutes.
2 cups water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup blueberries or mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
4 apples, peeled, cored and diced
4 tbsp chopped walnuts
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp chia seed
1 tbsp black seeds (Nigella sativa) – optional
1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
1 serving, 406 Calories, 9.4 g Protein, 73.2 g Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber 15g, 11 g Total Fat, 9 mg Sodium, Calcium 98mg, Iron 5mgPotassium 477mg
There are lots of healthy elements to this recipe that help start your day right. Blueberries and apples provide some of the vitamins, nutrition and fiber our bodies crave. The nuts and seed provide healthy fats and sustained energy. Cinnamon has been noted to help boost metabolism as well as blood sugar regulation.
One of the things I enjoy about this recipe is it’s versatility. In the past, I’ve subbed in muesli for oats. Oftentimes I leave out the raisins to reduce the sugar content. The apples have been optional for me because they take the most time to prep. I’ve cut this recipe in half and made it on the stove in a sauce pan. This is a filling, stick with you oatmeal recipe. I tend to make the baked version on the weekend so I have a few ready made meals at the beginning of the week. (If I can stop snacking on it.) Plus baking it allows me to use an awesome earthenware baking dish that gives me warm vibes in the wintertime.
If you try it, please let me know what you think.